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It's strange seeing other people hate all the beautiful colours on this earth and I have to say I love them all, soft and delicate bright and fiery and bold and garish and Oh! how a blind person would love to see all of these wonderful creations.
I enjoy James Alexander-Sinclairs' writing very much, and a great sense of humour too.
Horah to ridding the world of forsythias!!! I have just massacred mine and thank goodness i did. Hideous ugly plant.
Dear James, I love your turn of phrase (and actually enjoy being 'mugged by a sunbeam!) I even like forsythia's knobbly bark. Have to agree about the flowering currant, but haven't yet met anyone who likes - or even notices - the smell of Hypericum Hidcote foliage. I think it's lovely!
I LOVE daffodils but prefer the tete ta tete variety, love 'grape hyacynths'...yellow and blue together is the best sight of spring each year. However, I have to agree with the comments about forsythia and ribes.....but then again, any colour that marks the emergence of Spring....bring it on!!


It always amuses me that some people are so offended by the sight of Forsythia in bloom! Come on folks- live and let live! I welcome their contribution and am always "cheered" by their appearance along our urban streets. They seem to bloom in defiance,boldly stating their right to exist.To me they are one of the reminders, after a dark winter,that Spring is on its way and there are better things to come!
My neighbours' forsythia is almost as tall as my bedroom windowsill, but it does give us some privacy from one another! I think when something has become so popular that it is seen so commonly in so many gardens we can become over-whelmed by it's appearance and start to hate it!

Another plant that has fallen out of popularity or fashion is the pampas grass, for bizaar and ridiculous reasons, ranging from "chav-ness" to apparently being representative of the home-owners association with a rather sleezy club pastime!!!

What a load of rot!!! I have just bought myself a lovely pink fluffy pampass --- can you get more chavvy than that??? And wall-flowers were considered, not so long ago, as a really "old-lady-ish" plant, and quite naff! I have planted a whole gaggle of these in red and white either side of our school chapel doorway, and they look really green and lush. When the flowers come, I hope everyone will feel uplifted rather than "old-ladyish"!!!!

We get hours of amusement watching local sparrows tugging at the fluffy remains of our neighbour's pampas grass, sometimes falling off backwards in their efforts to get a bit more nesting material. No, I don't like those grasses either, but they seem to be very useful to the birds.
After recently moving to a new property with a run down garden which was full of forsythias I can sympathise with James.They have become so common they are almost like a weed.I did keep one as I felt so guilty tearing up perfectly healthy plants.They are a rather dull plant I agree, though they are a plant and as all keen gardener will agree they have there own unique beauty and I suppose they have their place .
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Hello ! It's been a crazy week but we got back to classes today and all went well with our return , yupiii.
Hear, hear to Christine from Edenbridge. If you like his writing his new book is a treat

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